The heart is the most important organ in the body. It serves as the body’s power source as it pumps blood throughout every organ and system to keep you alive and functioning. Keeping your heart healthy can also help you maintain the health of the rest of your body, as many chronic conditions stem from issues that affect the heart such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A critical part of heart health is teaming up with your primary care doctor to understand how any of your personal risk factors, conditions, medications and/or lifestyle factors influence your heart health. Here are some important questions to ask your primary care doctor about the health of your heart.
- What are some risk factors for heart issues that may directly affect me?
- Are there any medications or supplements that I take that can either help or possibly hurt my heart?
- How often should I have important heart health screenings such as blood pressure checks, cholesterol and triglycerides, etc.?
- Based on my risk factors and health status, are there any additional tests I should have to check my heart?
- When is it necessary to see a cardiologist?
- What additional steps should I take to help keep my heart healthy?
- Are there any specific exercise or nutrition tips you would recommend based on my risk factors and health status?
Special note for tobacco users:
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the U.S. Smoking is especially detrimental to the health of your heart. If you’re a tobacco user, talk to your doctor about a plan for quitting. They can help you understand what nicotine replacement therapies and medications are available that may help increase your chances of quitting tobacco for good.
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